Great Virginia Patio Dining

by Casey Higgins | Posted: May 17, 2013 | Updated: Apr 16, 2018

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Warm Virginia evenings are perfect for a number of things, but patio dining is one of the best. Find a place that has just what you want to eat along with a good view, and you’ve got a pretty nice thing going. Check out these hot spots, then comment below with a few recommendations of your own.


A favorite of my colleagues and myself is Bubba’s Marina and Seafood Restaurant on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach. It’s a 20-something-year mainstay that promises and delivers the freshest seafood in Virginia Beach. Besides that, you’ll love their double-decker on-the-water patios, and the sunsets are unreal.


Bubba’s. Courtesy Photo.

If you’ve never been to Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm in Ashburn, you’re not only missing out on great dining, but a very interesting attraction, too. Clyde’s is an amazing collection of Americana housed in four 1700s-1800s buildings from Vermont and Virginia. After you’ve glanced around, head to the garden where your seat will be just as amazing. The pond and waterfall are super relaxing.

The pastoral countryside of Neersville in Loudoun County is your scenic beauty for outdoor dining at Grandale Farm Restaurant. Twice this special place has been mentioned in Travel + Leisure, so there’s pretty much all you need to know. Just go.

>> See more great outdoor dining in Loudoun.

Dine outside 365 days a year at Tysons Corner’s hottest new restaurant, Härth, which features cozy fireside dining. Traditional American comfort foods are prepared with the farm-to-table philosophy top-of-mind.



You’ll find Cafe Deluxe in McLean to be a charming neighborhood tavern atmosphere that bustles with the energy of a European bistro. Check out the eclectic menu that includes items like Grilled Meatloaf with Creole sauce.

The Local Chop & Grill House in Harrisonburg is a farm-to-table restaurant situated in the old City Produce Exchange building. You’ll find the covered patio a delightful place to dine on locally sourced foods.

Also in Harrisonburg is the Joshua Wilton House, an upscale experience in a beautiful Victorian. Dinner on the patio is quite fitting, given the in-season menu.

Hank’s Oyster Bar consistently receives rave reviews and press. Try the Old Town Alexandria location to enjoy $1.25 oysters from 5 to 7 p.m. weeknights on the patio.

>> See more great oudoor dining in Alexandria.

Hanks Oyster Bar

Hanks Oyster Bar

Waterfront view? Try oceanfront. Waterman’s Surfside Grille in Virginia Beach is a family owned restaurant with oceanfront patio dining and a boardwalk bar. Choose a nice lunch or dinner of seafood, salads, steak, ribs, chicken, burgers or pasta.

The Boathouse in Midlothian overlooks a 1,700-acre lake in a quiet residential community. Terraced decks provide ample seating and the sunset on the lake is something to see. The menu includes raw bar items, flame-kissed meats, Wood Stone fired pizzas and fresh seafood.

Graze on Main is a new addition to Wytheville, as is the Bolling Wilson Hotel in which it resides. Ask for the patio and settle in with chef’s daily menu of seasonal specialties. You won’t be disappointed in the view or the dinner.

If you’re dining with kids and those kids happen to love railroads, head to Depot Grille in Lynchburg. The large patio overlooks the train track and the James River is just beyond that. The American menu will suit any eater and Amazement Square is just a block away – perfect for a family day out.

In Downtown Richmond’s Shockoe Slip sitting perfectly on one-half block is Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant. The outdoor seating area is every bit as big as the first floor inside. Descend from the deck to market umbrella seating for some sunshine.

An incredibly extensive list of Richmond area patio dining can be found at

The Shanty sits waterside in Cape Charles and prides itself on locally sourced food and drink. You’re welcome to arrive by car, bike, golf cart, or boat, of course. Live entertainment goes perfectly with an evening on the deck.

The Shanty

The Shanty

A few seats are available in front of Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery in Staunton. Enjoy a world-class espresso or fresh-squeezed juice with your choice of entree off their very accommodating menu (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and meats served here!).

Charlottesville‘s downtown mall is one grand strip of patio spaces just waiting for you to saunter up and sit down. The people watching is great! Try Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar (a view from on high) or Bashir’s Taverna.

Speaking of downtown malls, check out Old Town Winchester and their restaurants. Give the 1949 Snow White Grill, Brewbaker’s, Village Square Restaurant or Union Jack Pub & Restaurant.



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Sharon Stone says:

Just nasty absolutely. The cole slaw was shredded cabbage with half dixie cup of some nasty dressing. Surfriders. That is ultimate. Seafood

Second Street, Williamsburg!

Denise says:

The Luna in Callao is no longer.

Courtney says:

Downtown blacksburg recently put in new strip that extends from every restaurant offering patio seating all along college avenue looking out on to Henderson lawn. Perfect for outside dining!

Casey Higgins says:

That’s very cool news! Thank you, Courtney!

Kenmore Inn in Fredericksburg,

Rebecca Olander says:

I would love to try a few of these. One is just around the corner, about 15-20 minutes. But I do believe that my favorite is and will always be, The Sheffields’. You can order just about anything your heart desires. The wonderful chef has no menu. She shops daily for a few different meats, veggies, starches, fruits….. After you are comfortably seated, she visits you and discusses your different options for meat, starch, veggies, fruits and talks with you to find out your tastes, so to speak. Then she disappears and before you know it you are presented with a custom masterpiece, just for you! No 2 people ever eat the same delightful delectable. And the desserts are divine!! Oh, no appetizers to order. It is all simplified with a plate of different cheeses, crackers and fruits to nibble while your very own masterpiece is created. An absolute wonderful experience!!

Lindsey says:

Sounds great. Where is it?

Catherine says:

Supper Southern Morsels in the Ghent area of Norfolk has a great Rooftop Patio and awesome food!

Mike says:

Madigan’s in Occoquan has a great patio with live music on the river

Velocity 5 in Centreville has a patio with a Tiki bar that overlooks a pond/jogging trail.

Rainee Simpson says:

Love Winchester Va. Awesome Olde Towne, great places to eat. You can dine every night for weeks and not dine at the same place twice. All great food!